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SAY IT WITH MUSIC
on 23 June 2012
Twelve more episodes featuring William McKinley High's so-called misfits, song and dance helping them to come to terms with life's problems and bringing them a sense of achievement.
As ever, there is much to enjoy (although the musical numbers vary in quality), the series perhaps at its best when considering serious issues. Amongst those featured are alcohol awareness, sexuality, bullying, being true to oneself, cosmetic surgery (this last one an interesting choice as the show's creator, Ryan Murphy, was also responsible for "Nip/Tuck").
All will have their particular pleasures, for there are many from which to choose. Mine? The Zombie footballers. Puck's courtship of weighty Lauren (his song in Ep.6 a hoot). Scenes involving Kurt's dad, which always ring true. Sue still gloriously horrible with devastating one-liners. ("Well, well, well, if it isn't Tweedledum and Tweedle Fake Boobs!"). Standout episodes include that most moving funeral and the finale - cast exuberantly out and about in New York.
Bonuses include "Music Box" (the opportunity to enjoy the musical numbers on their own), features on how the theatre was constructed, the filming in New York, the guest stars (who include Gwyneth Paltrow thoroughly enjoying herself).
There are reservations. Why, for example, are the Regionals judges so ludicrous? If they were played straight, winning would actually mean something - indication of worth, not of quirky prejudices.
Such misgivings do not seem to matter when one considers the overall picture. It heartens to see alleged no-hopers now feeling they belong. Savour, too, those scattered delights. An example? The Prom's punchbowl on loan from Sue - it of sentimental value because her grandmother drowned in it.